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The Halifax County Library System will hold a Storytelling Festival on March 23.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Halifax County Agriculture Center which is located at 359 Ferrell Lane in Halifax.

The county library plans to feature local, regional, and nationally known storytellers.

A variety of community resources, craft, and food vendors will participate.  

According to a letter from the library system, each storyteller will have a scheduled amount of time to share a story or stories with the audience. 

The featured storytellers are often professional performing artists but semi-professional or amateur storytellers may be included among the events. 

The festival schedule will be organized around blocks of time for the storytellers to share their stories.

“Storytelling is an ancient and fundamental part of being human,” the library system said. “Stories let us share information in a way that creates an emotional and cultural connection. Storytelling is at the core of all cultures. It is truly how histories are passed down, how customs are shared and how traditions become endemic to a community. Local festivals that use storytelling contribute to the economy’s revitalization.”

The library system said in an effort to bridge the cultural gap in the Roanoke Valley and its surrounding areas, it is working to secure storytellers that represent all members of the community. “It is also our mission to offer a diverse literacy based experience to the community that we serve.”

LaTarsha Debro, Weldon branch librarian, said while a lineup of storytellers has been set, those who might be interested in participating are encouraged to call her at 252-536-3837 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.